Sunday, June 10, 2012
Stony Brook knocks out LSU
By David Helman
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Frankie Vanderka tossed a complete game three-hitter and Stony Brook advanced to its first-ever College World Series with a 7-2 win against LSU on Sunday night.
"I'm a little overwhelmed, quite frankly, because I think I do know the magnitude of this," said Stony Brook coach Matt Senk. "It's just an overwhelming feeling to make it to Omaha -- every college baseball team's dream, every college baseball coach's dream -- and it's come to fruition."
The Seawolves (52-13) raced out of the gate with six runs in the game's first four innings, most of them coming off LSU starter Ryan Eades. The LSU bullpen was eventually able to stymie the Stony Brook bats, but the damage was done.
Vanderka, who lost game one of this super regional Saturday morning, was effective if not overpowering in just his sixth start of the season. The sophomore gave up a solo home run to LSU center fielder Mason Katz in the bottom of the first inning, and he notched just four strikeouts on the night.
But Vanderka was a constant frustration for the Tigers (47-18), as he forced them into 17 fly ball outs.
"Coach came up to me in the fourth inning and told me 'If you walk one more guy, we're going to take you out of there,' and I couldn't let that happen," Vanderka said. "I started throwing more strikes, challenging them with my fastball, and it worked out as planned."
Eades only managed 2 2/3 innings against a stubborn Stony Brook lineup. The Seawolves brought a staggering 17 total batters to the plate in the third and fourth innings. All told, the Seawolves outhit the Tigers, 15-3, and forced LSU to use six pitchers on the night.
Second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum led the effort with two hits for a total of three RBIs. His two-RBI double in the fourth inning broke the scoreline open to 6-1.
Although LSU shortstop Austin Nola would get a run back with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, the Tigers never threatened again.
"They came down here and they played great baseball, and they deserved to win this super regional," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We have no excuses. They outplayed us, really, in every phase of the game."